Shudder's CURSED FILMS Documentary Premiering at SXSW

Shudder's CURSED FILMS Documentary Premiering at SXSW

Horrorific content by jessicagomez on January 25th, 2020 | Horror News | Cursed

There has long been speculation of the supernatural attaching themselves to horror movies. In certain cases, the cast and crew have been the victims of unforeseen and unusual tragedies, such as Brandon Lee dying in a freak accident during the filming of The Crow, or the several bizarre and tragic events that followed the Poltergeist films (which even resulted in an E! True Hollywood Story). Documentarian Jay Cheel, through AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder, explores the films that have been rumored to be cursed in its new documentary series CURSED FILMS. The series is set to make its world premiere at Austin’s SXSW Festival this March.

Per the SXSW site, the five-part series “explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously cursed horror film productions. From plane accidents and bombings during the making of The Omen, to the rumoured use of real human skeletons on the set of Poltergeist, these stories are legendary amongst film fans and filmmakers alike. But where does the truth lie?”

The series, which has a runtime of 90 minutes per episode, will screen in the Episodic Premieres section. Each episode will cover a film franchise: The Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Crow, The Exorcist, The Omen, and the series will end with Poltergeist. Interviews with directors, cast and producers of the supposedly “cursed” films will shed light on what really happened behind the scenes, and what was conjecture and speculation. “As a documentary filmmaker and lifelong horror fan, this project has offered an amazing opportunity to indulge my own curiosities surrounding these ‘cursed’ film productions,” said director, writer, executive producer and editor Cheel in a press release last year. “In turn, CURSED FILMS offers Shudder’s audience a unique perspective on the making of these classic movies while attempting to uncover why we’re so captivated by the catastrophes and coincidences connected to them.”

As a horror fan growing up hearing about these cursed sets and wondering how much was fact and how much was fiction, I’m personally looking forward to seeing what was the thing of legends, and what became a real-life horror movie. 

What do you think? Were the sets of these prominent horror movies actually cursed? We’ll find out this March. 


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